Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes ‘Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin’ Feb. 27

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance “Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series continues its Performing Arts program with a performance entitled “Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $40 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Straight from the Broadway stage, Dean Balkwill and Lisa Ferguson Balkwill are triple threats brimming with charm and charisma, performing the music of George and Ira Gershwin – musical comedy at its finest. During the performance, guests will enjoy dance numbers, nostalgic ballads and romantic comedy, all backed by live musicians and set in the post-war Paris of 1948.

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine & Performing Arts Series welcomes Penning & Langford Feb. 12

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes Penning & Langford on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. as part of the Concerts & Conversations program of Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community continues the Concerts & Conversations program of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by Penning & Langford at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $30 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Soprano Diane Penning and tenor and pianist Paul Langford met nearly five years ago at a performance arranged by a mutual pair of musician friends. Both accomplished and seasoned artists individually, the two forged a duo with a repertoire that includes music from the Great American songbook, encompassing Broadway and standards as well as well-known songs that soared to the top of the charts.

During this performance, Penning and Langford will take the audience on a musical journey with a remarkable variety of great music from shows like “West Side Story,” “King and I,” “Sound of Music” and “Camelot,” as well as standards by Gershwin and Cole Porter, and songs like Perry Como’s smash hit “It’s Impossible” and the ever-popular “You Raise Me Up.”

As part of Shell Point’s Concerts & Conversations program, guests can enjoy fellowship and a dessert reception with the performers following the concert.

Shell Point reaches construction milestone on 44,000-square-foot arts center

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Photo 1: Shell Point residents and management sign the final steel beam at the Tribby Arts Center “topping off” ceremony held on Jan. 8.

Photo 2: A group of Shell Point residents, who helped raise money for their community’s new performing arts center, toured the construction site of the building that is set to open in fall 2020.

Photo 3: Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point, led a group of residents on a guided tour through the new 44,000-square-foot performing arts center, which will provide state-of-the-art work spaces, a 400-seat auditorium and more.

Photo 4: Shell Point Retirement Community recently held a topping off ceremony to mark the construction on the Tribby Arts Center, a two-level, 44,000-square-foot performing arts center dedicated to visual and performing arts, as well as educational programming.

(Front row, left to right): Shell Point residents Ken Saccaro, Deloris Wright, Linda and Bill Doty; Shell Point President Martin Schappell; Shell Point residents Joan Schlackman, Patricia and Michael Armstrong, Joan and Ron Edman, Marge and David Lee, Deborah LaGorce; Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point; Shell Point residents Richard Brown, Mary Buck, Betsy Conrad, Marie McCarthy, Carol and Bobby Mann, Richard Flinn. (Back row, left to right): Jeff Cory, executive director of Legacy Foundation at Shell Point; Mike Beaudette, superintendent of Gates Construction; Dave Erb, superintendent of Gates Construction; Marco Petretta, director of construction at Gates Construction; David Tropf, project manager of Gates Construction; Julie Nipper, project manager of Shell Point; Justin Schiff, director of purchasing and construction at Shell Point; Carolyn Darling, administrative assistant at Shell Point.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2020) – On Jan. 8, Shell Point Retirement Community held a “topping off” ceremony to mark the major construction milestone on the Tribby Arts Center, a two-level, 44,000-square-foot performing arts center dedicated to visual and performing arts as well as educational programming.

The celebration included more than 20 Shell Point residents along with members of Shell Point’s executive team. Each of the attendees signed the final steel beam that was hoisted into place to signify that the structure had reached its maximum height. Additionally, a guided tour through the semi-complete building offered Shell Point’s residents a chance to experience the new spaces firsthand. Representatives from the building contractor, Gates Construction, also joined in the celebration.

“Today marks a special day as we celebrate the tremendous progress that has been made on the Tribby Arts Center,” said Shell Point President Martin Schappell. “This is going to be a wonderful addition to the many amenities that we have at Shell Point. With all of the available arts programs, the 400-seat auditorium and more, the potential for this building is limitless.”

A catered lunch was provided for the Gates Construction team to thank them for their efforts.

“Gates Construction is doing a wonderful job,” said Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point. “On average, there are 60 to 70 guys out here each day working hard through the heat, rain and all kinds of weather. Everyone is focused on the same goal as we look forward to the grand opening in fall 2020.”

When complete, the Tribby Arts Center will include a grand entrance and atrium gallery, full-time art gallery, practice rooms for musicians, dance and theatre arts studio, literary lounge and arts library, and numerous studios for painting, crafts, pottery, quilting, stained glass and photography, plus a 400-seat, tiered theatre.

Additionally, the art gallery and shop will display and sell residents’ artworks and host a wide variety of exhibitions, and the Collectors’ Gallery will rotate art from residents’ own collections. Bonus features include a gift shop featuring artists’ works, a French bistro and a sculpture garden that will surround the arts center offering delightful spots to relax, read, stroll, create and enjoy art and music.

The Tribby Arts Center will join the long list of lifestyle amenities at Shell Point, which includes a championship 18-hole golf course with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, free boat docks with deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico, coastal-inspired restaurants, charming outdoor cafes, luxurious salon and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, and miles of scenic walking and bike trails. Shell Point Retirement Community is located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island. A nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, Shell Point is the largest single-site continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Florida and the second largest in the country with 2,500 residents and more than 1,200 employees. For further information about the Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point, go to www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Emily Rose, Public Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or emilyrose@shellpoint.org

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series presents ‘Stradi-Various’ Jan. 23

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community continues the Southwest Florida Symphony installation of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance of “Stradi-Various” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at The Village Church on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $25 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Maestro Nir Kabaretti will conduct the Southwest Florida Symphony’s Stradi-Various, along with violinist and guest artist Gilles Apap. The performance will feature a repertoire that extends far beyond classical horizons with country, bluegrass, Irish folk tunes, Gypsy-Roma melodies and much more.

In addition to Gilles Apap, this concert will proudly feature the 2018 Jillian Prescott Scholarship Competition winner, violinist Caroline Sikuta, in Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins.”

Shell Point’s Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries speaker series welcomes Dr. Gary Small of UCLA on Jan. 14

Free community health care program to address memory and brain health

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community kicks off its fifth annual 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series on Jan. 14 with a presentation by Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine.

Free and open to the public, Small’s presentation, entitled “Strategies for Improving Memory and Brain Health,” will discuss the common memory complaints associated with aging and how to differentiate them from more serious conditions. He will also highlight how exercise, diet, stress management and memory methods can compensate for cognitive challenges and even stave off future symptoms of dementia.

The program will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is requested by calling 239-433-7936.

Small is a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, as well as a Parlow-Solomon professor on aging, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he is also director of the UCLA Longevity Center. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications, as well as the international bestseller, “The Memory Bible.” Small’s research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine and Newsweek, in addition to numerous television programs such as NBC’s Today Show, CNN and PBS. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Jack Weinberg Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the Senior Investigator Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. In 2002, Scientific American magazine named Small one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology.

Shell Point’s 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries is a community speaker series designed to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and health care practice.